Oregon school district voters pass $723M bond election
Oregon – Voters in the Beaverton School District passed a $723 million bond referendum on May 17 that will fund $397 million in building modernization projects, $120 million in deferred maintenance, $44 million in technology purchases, $40 million in seismic upgrades, and $27 million in security initiatives.
Tentatively set to open in 2027, the complete rebuild of Beaverton High School is one of the school construction projects supported by the bond’s passage. The estimated $253 million 292,000-square-foot building will open with a 1,500-student capacity.
Beaverton High School rendering
Once the new school is completed, the old one will be torn down and replaced with a parking lot or other programming. The original part of the school dates to 1916. Over the years, more than a dozen separate additions have been made to Beaverton High School, resulting in an assortment of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems and related inefficiencies. Rebuilding the high school will eliminate about $53 million of deferred maintenance at the school.
The district also will rebuild Raleigh Hills K-8 School, which dates to 1927. Up to 790 students will be served by the 95,000-square-foot building tentatively set to open in 2026 at a projected cost of $55 million.
In 2019, a third-party consultant evaluated the physical condition of all district facilities and then calculated the deferred maintenance cost for each facility. The district’s total 10-year deferred maintenance cost was determined to be $610.1 million, which also included seismic improvements.
Deferred maintenance needs funded by the bond include:
- Upgrades and/or replacements to structural, mechanical and electrical systems, including HVAC upgrades and roof replacements.
- Exterior enclosure improvements.
- Interior finishes improvements.
- Upgrades and/or replacements to commercial equipment.
- Fire and life safety improvements.
- Site improvement work, including adding/replacing sidewalks and repairing drainage.
The replacement cost for school-issued devices that the district purchased early in the pandemic is roughly $27.4 million. The bond will fund two rounds of new laptops at the high school level and one round of new laptops at the elementary and middle school levels over seven years.
More than $16 million worth of network and infrastructure upgrades are funded, as well as extra devices and parts, to improve district connectivity and cybersecurity preparedness.